Second stage of Science without Borders will offer 100,000 scholarships

The federal government will provide 100,000 new scholarships in the new stage of the Ciências sem Fronteiras programme.

In the first stage of the initiative (2011-2014) more than 83,000 scholarships were awarded to Brazilian students to study abroad. The target set by the government is to provide 101,000 scholarships by the end of this year. Dilma Rousseff emphasized the importance of the programme and Minister Campolina mentioned that Science Without Borders “is a unique and exemplary opportunity to improve the training of young people and the development of Brazil.”

For the Minister of Education, José Henrique Paim, the programme left several lessons to be learned in order to improve the educational practice in Brazil. “Students from abroad who came to Brazil have shown us the need to re-evaluate the teaching practices in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, mainly as regards the integration of theory with practical life.”